09:18 AM EDT 04/22/2013
Academy of Country Music Awards
Originally posted 04/08/2013 05:30PM
Though his fellow country artists act as judges on reality TV, Jason Aldean's favorite kind of party is on an actual stage – not a sound stage.
"I never say never, but I just know doing that stuff takes away from being able to go out and play our shows," Aldean, named male vocalist of the year at Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, tells PEOPLE. "For me, if I'm not out on the road playing in front of people then I would be miserable."
That said, the singer, who's currently in the middle of his Night Train tour, doesn't hold it against his buddies Blake Shelton and Keith Urban for what they do on The Voice and American Idol.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 02:15PM
What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas – usually.
But when Nashville's biggest stars descend on Sin City for the ACM Awards, there's no telling what'll happen when The Strip is full of cowboys bumping their bedazzled elbows with Elvis.
Check out what happened when PEOPLE caught 'em in the act during ACM weekend.
Elvis (a.k.a., Victor Trevino, Jr.), embraces his inner country Hound Dog.
Originally posted 04/08/2013 12:30PM
Her husband Garth Brooks may have been a performance highlight at Sunday's 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, but Trisha Yearwood, 48, stole a bit of the spotlight when she showed off her fit physique while presenting an award at the show in Las Vegas.
"I've been dieting and exercising and I've lost about 20 lbs.," Yearwood told PEOPLE at the Southern Kitchen brunch she hosted at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in February.
The Grammy winner and star of the Food Network's Trisha's Southern Kitchen says she sticks to a healthy eating plan – with the occasional splurge.
"I'm doing very little sugar," Yearwood said. "And occasionally I have the mac and cheese."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 11:00AM
The Lady Antebellum frontwoman (and mom-to-be!) shows off her pregnancy curves in a custom Pea in the Pod dress
Originally posted 04/08/2013 10:15AM
For Miranda Lambert, being Sunday night's big winner at the 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards caused her a major attitude adjustment.
Besides, she admits, she was really rooting for somebody else.
"I'm a pessimist," Lambert, 29, told PEOPLE after the show, "so I'm always like, when is the other shoe going to drop? It's over – my primetime is done. But your peers vote for you and believe in you, especially as a songwriter."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 08:30AM
For Luke Bryan, who burst into tears when his name was announced, being named entertainer of the year at Sunday's 48th annual Academy of Country Music Awards wasn't just big. It was BIG.
"You know, your life flashes before you," Bryan, who also served as the Las Vegas event's co-host, with Blake Shelton, tells PEOPLE.
"Everything – the years to get there, the loading up amps in trucks, and even the move to Nashville and then driving back to Georgia and playing little bars and then the record deal and watching your fan base grow and watching people start to love what you do."
Originally posted 04/08/2013 12:10AM
She's still the one!
After a decade away from the Academy of Country Music Awards stage (or, "10 freakin' years," as pointed out by co-host Blake Shelton), Shania Twain returned to the Las Vegas awards show Sunday night.
And all we have to say is this: Exactly how long is a decade?
Originally posted 04/07/2013 11:40PM
On a night dedicated to country, even those of the non-cowboy hat persuasion received a down-home, sweeter-than-sweet tea welcome from Nashville's finest.
Both soul king Stevie Wonder and pop's resident heart-breaker John Mayer took the Academy of Country Music Awards stage Sunday night as Las Vegas enjoyed a taste of the South.
A recently single Mayer joined Brad Paisley to sing the country crooner's "Beat This Summer" in one of Mayer's first live performances since he battled two bouts of vocal cord problems.
Wonder later rocked the ACM stage with nominee Hunter Hayes for a jazzy mashup of their songs "I Want Crazy" and "Sir Duke."
Originally posted 04/07/2013 10:15PM
You might say Blake Shelton had plenty to sing about when he found himself in the presense of four naked ladies: Sheryl Crow, the Pistol Annies's Ashley Monroe, Angaleena Presley and, of course, wife Miranda Lambert.
In Sin City for Sunday's Academy of Country Music Awards, the show's co-host had quite the opportunity to indulge his, um, sinful side.
"The first night we got to Vegas, me and Sheryl Crow and Miranda and Angeleena went to Miranda and Blake's room and had a spray-tan party, so all of us were naked," Monroe, 26, told PEOPLE on the pre-ceremony red carpet. "We made Blake go upstairs and close his eyes."
Originally posted 04/07/2013 09:15PM
Some people kick up their heels. But when in Las Vegas for the Academy of Country Music Awards, it's far more appropriate to, well, kick up your boots.
As the cowboy hat-happiest of the music industry flocked west, singer Dustin Lynch was one of many showing off his shoe-of-choice at the weekend's Party for a Cause Festival, where he (along with country artists such as Florida Georgia Line, The Band Perry and Greg Bates) took the stage to raise awareness for a line-up of charities.
Prior to making his way to Sunday's ceremony (and striking a Nashville-worthy pose in PEOPLE's photo booth), the "She Cranks My Tractor" singer, 27, Tweeted, "Wow what a day at @ACMawards."
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